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Unpublished Paper
LESSONS FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: IS IT TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO SIGN THE OTTAWA TREATY AND END THE USE OF LANDMINES?
ExpressO (2012)
  • Arthur L. Rizer, III, Georgetown University Law Center
Abstract
This article begins with a short history of how landmines have been used in war, followed by a survey of the law of landmines and how the United States has participated in the international debate over these tools of war. Next, this article will advocate for the United States to take a new direction in landmine law by signing and ratifying the Ottawa Treaty. Specifically, that the United States has learned firsthand the devastation that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have had on its service members and those lessons should persuade the nation to take a change direction on this important international issue. Counterarguments are also addressed, specifically addressing whether the humanitarian implications caused by landmines are outweighed by the additional security they provide. Lastly, this article suggests that the United States should not just sign the Ottawa treaty but try to improve its provisions.
Keywords
  • Law of War,
  • Ottawa Treaty,
  • Iraq,
  • Afghanistan,
  • National Security
Disciplines
Publication Date
May 1, 2012
Citation Information
Arthur L. Rizer. "LESSONS FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: IS IT TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO SIGN THE OTTAWA TREATY AND END THE USE OF LANDMINES?" ExpressO (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/arthurrizer/2/